This section introduces the seeming oddities of the Florida Constitution and suggests that the book will explain how they came to be part of the constitution. It briefly explains how Florida’s growth created a need for its antiquated, post-Reconstruction constitution to be overhauled, why that goal appeared to be impossible, and how it finally was achieved. It introduces the Pork Chop Gang of rural legislators and the reformers who led the state after reapportionment caused the Gang’s demise.
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